Nastassja Swift

2021

Arist2Artist Fellowship

I am a sculptural fiber artist, redefining my use of portraiture through wool to create soft sculptures that speak to spirituality, history and place in relation to the body.

Inspired by West African masks and Yoruba ritual practices, my work explores the ways in which identity is defined and disrupted. Re-imagining non-western spirituality, challenging archived history and questioning language around racialized bodies: these felted faces exist repetitively as vessels of stories and ancestral presence as a way of narrating Black experiences and memories.

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